International flights to remain suspended till December 31 amid COVID-19 crisis; ‘special flights’ to continue

By Jagran

Day after the Centre issued fresh COVID-19 guidelines for December, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday informed that the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India has been extended till the year-end.

The DGCA, however, noted that it will only allow ‘selected flights’ to operate to and from India on “case to case basis”, noting that the restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.

“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31St December, 2020,” the DGCA notification read.

All international and domestic flights in India were suspended after the central government imposed a nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus in the country. However, domestic flights were allowed to operate in a restricted manner later.

Later, the central government also air bubble agreements with several countries, including the United States (US) and France, to operate special international flights between their respective territories.

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